I have a fun activity to post later this week - I think it'll be really illuminating and we'll all learn a lot about fats and oils!
In the meantime, I'm asking for help...
Do you know any interesting metabolic or genetic disorders that I could use for my biochemistry case studies? I want to teach my students to think independently and come up with crazy ideas. My goal is to set-up online discussion boards that facillitate student discussion, crazy ideas, and problem solving. The students will them write up a document that explains the basis of the disorder. I want to use some fun, obscure disorders that they can't just find on the internet.
Some that I am currently planning on using:
1) Vitamin A deficiency and curable blindness
2) Methanol poisoning
3) Maple syrup disorder (great idea from Romila!).
Now what interesting diseases/disorders have you heard of? You don't need to know how they work...I can usually find that out...but if you know of anything super cool, it'd be awesome to hear your ideas!